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Machiavellian

Definitions of Machiavellian

  1. (adjective) The use of amoral, cunning, deceitful, scheming, or unscrupulous methods, particularly in one’s career or politics.
  2. (adjective) Of or relating to Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) or Machiavellianism.

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Machiavellian Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ma·chi·a·vel·li·an

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mak-ee-uh-vEl-ee-uhn/
  • British English – /mak-iuh-vE-liuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌmɑkiəˈvɛliən/
  • British English – /ˌmækɪəˈvɛlɪən/

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Cite the Definition of Machiavellian

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “machiavellian.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 6, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

machiavellian. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “machiavellian.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 6, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“machiavellian.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 6 Jun. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/machiavellian/>.